College Credit Certificate Programs A College Credit Certificate program requires fewer credits than an Associate in Science degree and focuses on a specific job or skill-set. The goal of a certificate program is to provide streamlined training for direct entry into the workforce. Credits earned in certificate programs will apply toward the related AS or BS degree. Additional courses may be taken to advance career options. Example 1: Students earning College Credit Certificates in Accounting Technology Operations may enter the workforce in the accounting field. Students may also apply the earned certificate credits toward an Accounting Technology Associate in Science degree for additional employment opportunities or career advancement. Example 2: Students earning College Credit Certificates in AutoCAD Foundations may enter the workforce within the drafting design industry. Students may also apply the earned certificate credits toward a Drafting and Design Technology Associate in Science degree. Applied Technology Diplomas An Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) program offers comprehensive training in specific occupations. The program includes professional and technical coursework, with an emphasis on practical application. Program completers may receive credit for ATD hours toward specific Associate in Science degrees. A high school diploma or GED is required for entry into the ATD programs. Example: Emergency Medical Technician diplomas provide the basic knowledge and education required in the emergency medical field. Students may further career options by applying the EMT diploma credits toward a College Credit Certificate in paramedics or an Emergency Medical Services Associate in Science degree. PA G E 8 PASCO -HERNANDO STAT E C O L L E G E Technical Credit Certificate Programs ms Students entering a Technical Credit Certificate program m will earn technical credit that may count as college credit dit transferable to a two or four-year program through a statewide articulation agreement. Upon successful comple-mple- tion, students are eligible for positions in specific fields, prepared to take the necessary licensing exams for certification, rtifiram. or possibly transfer to a two or four-year program. Example: Students may obtain a Law Enforcement Officer cer Technical Credit Certificate and then apply the earned credits redits toward an Associate in Sciences degree focused on criminal justice technology. Dual Enrollment Program Designed for academically talented students who want t to to accelerate their college careers, the Dual Enrollment progh pro- gram allows students to earn college credit while in high school. Dual enrollment helps offset college expenses, shortens the time it takes to earn a degree and may reduce educe course loads per term once in college full time. Visit phsc.edu/explore-programs/dual-enrollment for eligibility lity requirements and enrollment information. Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)) The EPI at PHSC provides career professionals who have ave bachelor’s degrees from regionally-accredited institutions ons with the opportunity to become certified teachers in as s little as seven months. The EPI program is comprised of segments that teach students the skills and knowledge base necessary for those in the teaching profession. The program is offered completely online.
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